New Yorker Theatre

2409 Broadway,
New York, NY 10024

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jack4c
jack4c on January 15, 2006 at 9:55 am

In the 80s it played the Rocky Horror Show at midnight on weekends, with a couple of comic shorts as intro. The “Savannah” co-op now stands on the property.

dellwebb
dellwebb on December 25, 2005 at 11:02 pm

I think it was November 1979, attended a Woody Allen film festival three week-ends in a row, seeing a total of 9 pictures. I remember one of those days, I think it was a Sunday, we just waited outside for about an hour because the manager was late in showing up with the key to open the place. Pretty ridiculous.

RobertR
RobertR on December 16, 2005 at 10:10 pm

A 1960 revival of “Sunset Boulevard"
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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 12, 2005 at 5:11 pm

It was demolished in either late 84 or early 85 – I moved to Manhattan 7/84 and it was only there briefly after I got here.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 12, 2005 at 4:51 pm

The introductory description is in error, I believe, about the closing date of this theater. I never attended a movie here, but during the period in the early ‘80’s when I would frequently take in screenings all over town I can recall being aware of the New Yorker’s exsitence on Broadway and 88th Street for revival fare. It was a theater I wanted to visit, but never had the opportunity.

Anyone have specific information regarding the approximate date of its closing?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 21, 2005 at 11:51 am

The original Adelphi Theatre. Please note that the auditorium was a separate edifice behind a corner building that included stores and upstairs offices (or apartments):
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 7, 2005 at 8:48 pm

The Hammerstein was never known as the Adelphi, which was one of the later names of the legit Craig Theatre at 152 West 54th Street. The Craig switched to Adelphi in 1934. In 1940, it was taken over by the Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians and re-named The Radiant Center, presenting religious entertainment. In 1944, the Shuberts took over and re-named it the Adelphi again. In 1949, DuMont took an eight-year lease and used it as a television studio, for programs including “The Honeymooners.” After Dumont left, the theatre went back to “legit” and was re-named the 54th Street Theatre. In 1959, it was re-named again in honor of the legendary George Abbott. As the George Abbott Theatre, its final tenant was a musical version of “Elmer Gantry,” which lasted only one performance in February, 1970. The theatre was demolished to make way for an addition to the adjacent New York Hilton Hotel.

stepale2
stepale2 on June 7, 2005 at 7:23 pm

Sorry for the typos in my post above.I should have spelled it Major Bowes’s … well, nobody is perfect!

stepale2
stepale2 on June 7, 2005 at 7:18 pm

In response to some of the comments above—Lost is quite right. The Ed Sullivan Theater opened as the Hammerstein in 1927 (Cary Grant, when he was still known as Archie Leach, appeared in Golden Dawn, the first show to play there.) However, CBS RADIO started broadcasting from the theater about ten years later after Major Bowe’s switched from NBC to CBS. The CBS Radio Playhouse, or whatever it was called, was converted for televison in 1950 and was called CBS Studio 50. As it happens, The Honeymooners did originate from this facility when it was part of Jackie Gleason’s CBS television program, but the stand-alone half-hour version of The Honeymooners were filmed a few years later at the Adelphia on 54th Street (which became the George Abbott Theatre.) And contrarary to popular opinion, in 1948, when Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town first went on the air, it originated from the Maxine Elliott Theater on 39th Street and stayed for a couple of years before moving to Studio 50. I know this is confusing, but I think I have tmy chronology correct. But the question I have is why are these postings on the New Yorker’s page???

ANTKNEE
ANTKNEE on June 7, 2005 at 4:53 pm

I believe their was another Adelphi theater in NYC as the current Ed Sullivan theater (where the Letterman show and previously, the Honeymooners was filmed) was at one time know as Adelphi). See here: http://www.theasc.com/magazine/wrap/1098wrap.htm
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 3, 2005 at 4:45 pm

This photo of the New Yorker Theater with owner Dan Talbot appeared in The New York Times on April 21, 1972 and is credited to Meyer Liebowitz.
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Shade
Shade on April 3, 2005 at 6:37 am

There are four theaters total in Annie Hall:

Diane Keaton’s first appearance is when Woody is waiting for her outside the Beekman. Ingmar Bergman’s Face to Face is playing. They walk in and because Annie (Diane Keaton) was late, the movie has already been on for two minutes nad Woody “can’t walk in in the middle of the movie.” So they go to the New Yorker to see Sorry and the Pity, which they’ve both already seen. Later Woody is seen leaving the Paris, which is playing Children of Paradise. At the end of the movie, Woody is standing with Sigourney Weaver underneath the Thalia’s marquee which shows Sorrow and the Pity spelled out in plastic letters.

In Manhattan Woody leaves “Cinema Studio” and I haven’t been able to find this theater.

RobertR
RobertR on December 14, 2004 at 2:22 am

Another NY fixture like the Bleecker and 8th Street that should have been saved.

Jean
Jean on December 14, 2004 at 2:17 am

Nope, it was the New Yorker. I used to work there and I used to watch the filming from my 7th floor window across the street!

DonRosen
DonRosen on December 13, 2004 at 7:19 pm

I thought the Annie Hall scenes were at the Beekman Theatre, not the New Yorker.

br91975
br91975 on July 9, 2004 at 7:16 pm

The Olympia is gone; it was torn down during spring, 2003.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 9, 2004 at 6:53 pm

I moved to NYC in 76 and went to the New Yorker one time in the early 80’s to see a revial of Mary Poppins. I worked at Walter Reade’s Festival which is also gone. When did the theater become a twin? I know the MEtro has reopened, but is the Olympia gone?

Jean
Jean on July 9, 2004 at 6:07 pm

I lived directly across the street from the New Yorker from 1955-1978. I worked at the theatre in the 70’s, as a cashier ( we had one turnstyle with a foot break ) and consession stand. In the theatre we had a big book on a little stand, situated under a small light. In that book one could list suggestions and complaints, etc. One can only wonder if the suggestions and complaints were headed. I do remember very often, folks would state to “FIX THE PROJECTORS!” I was in the projection booth a couple of times. The projectors had bakelite handles. The manager’s office was under the stairs. Lots of famous upper West Siders came in to the theatre. I watched ( from my 7th floor window ) Woody Allen filming Annie Hall. I took a sad photo of an Art Deco candy machine being loaded on the back of a pick up truck.

Walter Reade bought the theatre from Dan Talbot indeed. I met Dan several times. He can still be reached if you look up New Yorker Films on the web. I was a sad day when Walter Reade took over. The West Side ( to me ) was never the same. Too bad so many of the great theatres on the “Subway Circuit” and other theatres like the Metro and New Yorker, Loew’s 83rd, etc. have met their end.

RobertR
RobertR on April 30, 2004 at 3:11 pm

Did Walter Reade change this from revival to first run? I was only in here one time to see “Diabolique” and another film which escapes me at the moment.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 5, 2004 at 8:02 pm

The original Adelphi first opened in 1914 and had Rouse & Goldstone as architects. In 1933, the art deco renovation into the Yorktown Theatre was done by Boak & Paris, the same architects responsible for the nearby Midtown.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 13, 2004 at 4:04 pm

I will forever associate this theatre with the American commercial premiere showing of Luchino Visconti’s masterful 1948 LA TERRA TREMA, not shown in the U.S. until 1965. On October 12th I went to the Vatican Pavilion at World’s Fair in the afternoon, the New Yorker that evening. So I saw Michelangelo’s Pieta' and Visconti’s LA TERRA TREMA for the first time in one day! I was overwhelmed by the film, the magnificent uncut print that was shown. I was a frequent visitor to the New Yorker and had a great deal of respect for Dan Talbot, who ran it. He should be canonized for the work he did with that theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 7, 2004 at 4:10 pm

I believe that the name of this theatre was just New Yorker, not The New Yorker. The New Yorker is the name and registered trademark of a weekly magazine, and has been for many decades.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 7, 2004 at 3:51 pm

As the Adelphi, the theatre had 1,039 seats. When re-opened as the Yorktown, the seating capacity was reported as 955, which is probably what it remained for the New Yorker. The name of Daniel Talbot deserves to be mentioned as the founder of the New Yorker. His policy of reviving Hollywood and foreign movies that hadn’t been seen for years started a national trend. He was so successful that in 1965 he started New Yorker Films to distribute foreign and independently-made movies. His involvement in that company was probably why he sold the New Yorker to Walter Reade. Talbot later returned to exhibition with the current Lincoln Plaza Cinemas at 1886 Broadway.

Stephen Paley
Stephen Paley on December 14, 2003 at 1:56 am

After the Roxy was razed in 1960, some of it’s very plush and comfortable seats were moved to this theater.